New 3DS Console: Nintendo Direct 29/08/14

Nintendo Direct IwataNintendo aired their latest Nintendo Direct presentation tonight. It focused on the 3DS, and was for game news specific to Japan. It ran for 32 minutes and revealed a number of fresh game details and even a whole new console! Yes, you read that correctly. Read on to find out what was announced.

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Valve Heads To Court Over Refund Policy

Steam-Logo-100x100The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, responsible for regulating consumer law for businesses are set to institute proceedings in the Australian Federal Court over several misleading representations of consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law.

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Amazon To Acquire Twitch

Twitch logoAfter what seemed like a lock that Google would acquire streaming service Twitch, it was announced today that online shopping juggernaut Amazon would acquire Twitch. The deal sees Amazon purchasing all shares of Twitch Interactive for $970 Million, with the deal expected to close some time before the end of the year.  Continue reading Amazon To Acquire Twitch

EA/Bioware Announce Shadow Realms

Shadow Realms logoAfter weeks of teases, Bioware’s latest project has finally been unveiled: An online action RPG known as Shadow Realms. The game, announced during EA’s Gamescom press conference, is a 4 vs 1 online action RPG that’s heavily story driven.

The setup is that each encounter sees you make a number of key decisions which alter the course of the story as you take control of one of four heroes drawn into a centuries old conflict against the “Shadow Legions”, with the other player taking control of the Shadowlord, who controls the Shadow Legions and can alter the environment to their whim.  Aesthetically, the game attempts to bring fantasy tropes in a more contemporary setting, allowing players to battle in Paris with machine gun wizards. In addition, the game will also be presented in an episodic model, each coming with their own new characters and choices and cliffhangers. Continue reading EA/Bioware Announce Shadow Realms

Six Stories From Gamescom

Gamescom logoGamescom is Europe’s largest gaming convention, and sits alongside E3 and Tokyo Game Show as a vehicle for  major announcements. This year’s Gamescom is no exception, with several stories coming out of Microsoft’s and Sony’s press events.

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Twitch Implements Audio Recognition, Changes to VODs

Twitch logoThe streaming service Twitch has announced a number of changes to its service, most notably implementing audio-recognition controls onto Past Broadcasts and Highlights videos stored on its site.

Twitch will now scan archived videos using the third-party service Audible Magic for any piece of audio that is controlled by Audible Magic clients — this includes in-game and ambient music. If it detects any deemed copyright breach in a 30 minute block of video, Twitch will mute that entire half-hour.

These audio controls will not be implemented into live streams. Continue reading Twitch Implements Audio Recognition, Changes to VODs